Cherry Tea Table

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Project by Tommy H. posted 01-01-2015 01:43 AM 984 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

Made this Cherry table last winter and just now getting around to posting. It was a relatively quick (weekend project), fun, and mostly stress-free. It went perfectly until that last 10 seconds of assembly where one final whack of a hammer caused a sliding dove tail on the spindle to crack. It was easily repaired and is structurally OK, I think.

I finished it by starting with a wash coat of wax-free Seal Coat (by Zinsser) mixed 50% by volume with denatured alcohol. I chose this to seal the wood in this manner after reading many articles related to blotchy Cherry. It worked well and I recommend this method for Cherry. After the sealer, I applied several coats of Danish Oil and deferred a more durable finish as it will see only light use (mostly for holding family pictures). It has a nice luster and is darkening perfectly as it starts to age.

Thanks, Tommy H.

-- Tommy H., Georgia, Lot to learn...

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#1 posted 01-01-2015 02:02 PM

Beautiful table, elegant in it’s simplicity of design, like Shaker furniture, and the cherry really adds to the beauty. Nice work. I too use a lot of cherry, my most preferred wood. Blotching is a situation that occurs only when applying stain, clear coating only brings out the beauty. Great build. Happy new year.

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